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An interesting RAND report on measures to pressure Russia – it shows how foolish the regime was in the first place to pursue its MRGA campaign in 2014. The report is overly risk averse in a number of areas, as Russia’s options are narrower than suggested and its ability to respond considerably weaker than suggested. Commander RVSN briefs on the initial deployment of the Avangard MaRV. Russia complains about a BundesMarine LRMP sortie in the Baltics. Russians brag about their Krasukha EW systems in Syria disrupting Israeli radars. Updates on RuNet, Whelan hostage play, economic recession, Black Sea sanctions losses, contaminated oil losses. Interesting summary on Russian disinformation, and Baltics public attitudes.

US delegation to inauguration debriefs on return to DC. Senate funding for Ukraine defense. Ze speaks to Merkel, his Chief of Staff Bohdan snaps at media over Crimea and dealings with Russia – this is not a Russia-tolerant administration, and may prove to be more hardline than Poroshenko’s. With a leader who quotes the Gipper, and puts Lincoln into an inauguration scene in his TV sitcom, should we expect otherwise?

Donbas update. Ze administration slams Medvedchuk. Col-Gen Zamana released. Media brief on Vilkha tests, good footage, no test data disclosed, but pictures do suggest an optical terminal guidance system. Further Neptun GL-ASCM testing conducted and good video by DE.

Politics, OCU and ROC updates.


Overextending and Unbalancing Russia: Assessing the Impact of Cost-Imposing Options | RAND

This brief summarizes a report that comprehensively examines non-violent, cost-imposing options that could be pursued to overextend and unbalance the Russian regime.

UAWire – Russian Missile Forces receive first Avangard missile systems

The commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces, Sergei Karakayev said that Russian Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) started receiving Avangard missile systems, which will be on combat duty by the end of the year, reports RIA Novosti. “The commissioning of stationary and mobile Yars and Avangard missile systems of the fifth generation continues as well as their setting for the combat duty,” said Karakayev. According to the commander, the Missile Division in the Orenburg region has created an infrastructure for setting a missile regiment equipped with the Avangard systems. It should be on a combat duty by the end of the year. Karakayev explained that the Strategic Missile Forces are at a stage, where the last Soviet-made missile systems are withdrawn from the service. He stressed that it was possible to create a basis for production of new missile systems of entirely Russian production without the use of foreign components. At the end of the last year, the commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces pointed out that the Avangard system has a unique combat characteristic and its adoption will increase the combat capabilities of the combat group, primarily to overcome anti-missile defense and defeat specific targets. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said in January that in 2019 his Department intends to begin the deployment of the first Missile Regiment in Russian Military that is equipped with complexes Avangard.

German Navy aircraft observed near Kaliningrad – RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, May 24 – RIA News. The Lockheed P-3C CUP Orion patrol aircraft belonging to the German Navy conducted reconnaissance in the Kaliningrad region. According to the monitoring resource Plane Radar , the plane flew up to the coastline of Russia at a distance of 32 kilometers. Recently, foreign reconnaissance aircraft and UAVs appear regularly over the Baltic Sea, near the Crimea, the Krasnodar Territory, near the Russian military bases in Syria. They were also noticed in the area of the demarcation line in the Donbass. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, over the past year, units of the radio-technical forces of the VKS discovered and escorted more than 980,000 aircraft and aircraft. About three thousand of them are foreign combat aircraft, of which more than a thousand are scouts.

UAWire – Media: Russia has disrupted Israel’s radars

The Russian news site Avia.pro claims that Russia’s “Krasukha” electronic warfare systems have disrupted the Israel Defense Force’s radars. The site presents arguments to support its theory: the regular flights by Israeli reconnaissance aircraft in the Golan Heights region, and at least three cases of blimps being launched in the same territory to observe the positions of Syrian aerial defense systems. The Russian news outlet sees this as evidence that Israel’s ground radar systems are functioning poorly. According to anonymous experts cited by the publication, the effects of electronic warfare systems may have driven Israel to adopt such measures. “Russia has started using its radar jamming systems again following more frequent attacks by jihadists and the high level of activity of American aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, as a result of which Israel simply cannot obtain objective information about the positions of Syrian aerial defense systems, thereby forcing the Syrian military to open fire on aerostat decoys,” the news site writes, citing the initial appraisals of the unnamed specialists. The article notes that the Russian electronic warfare systems are stationed at the Khmeimim Airbase, and “are completely capable of jamming northern Israel”. The news site points out that the Israelis have not used fighter jets in the three most recent attacks on facilities in Syria, possibly due to fear of losses that could be caused by the Russian S-300 aerial defense system in Syria. It was reported previously that Russia had deployed Krasukha and Divnomorye systems in Syria. Experts believe they will be used to jam the onboard radars and communication and guidance systems of aircraft that attack Syrian facilities.

Russia Clarifies Threats That Would Lead It To Decouple RuNet From World Wide Web

Russia has listed a number of threats under which it could isolate the country’s Internet under a controversial new law.

Whelen Says Russian Case ‘Revenge’ For U.S. Sanctions As Moscow Court Extends Detention

A Moscow court has extended the pretrial detention of former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who called the case politically motivated and revenge for U.S. sanctions.

Ex-U.S. marine held in Russia on spying charge says he’s being threatened: TASS – Reuters

An ex-U.S. Marine held in Russia on suspicion of spying on Friday accused a security service investigator of subjecting him to threats and asked a court to have the man removed from his case, the TASS news agency reported.

UAWire – Half of Russian regions in recession

With the Russian Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) recording a slowdown of Russia’s GDP, which grew by only 0.5% in the first quarter, the least since 2017, half of the country’s regions have already plunged into a recession reports finanz.ru. At the end of March, an increase in economic activity was documented in only 42 of Russia’s 86 federal subjects, observes the Moscow-based Higher School of Economics (HSE) in its “Commentaries on the government and business”. The number of growing regions has nearly halved compared to the 71 in February. At the same time, the number of subjects with clearly demonstrated growth encompassing at least four of the five key sectors (industry, wholesale and retail trade, paid services and construction) dropped from 41 to 18. On the regional level, the Russian economy has barely escaped falling into a full-fledged decline. The composite regional economic activity (REA) index that is calculated by the HSE on a monthly basis dropped from 69% to 51.7% in March, a hair’s breadth from 50%, which differentiates growth from contraction. The extent of the indicator’s decline is unprecedented since the start of 2015, when the economy was hit by the first round of sanctions and the collapse of the oil price. “The decrease in economic activity has affected, first and foremost, the major regions with a significant gross regional product,” the HSE notes. “Wholesale trade remained the most problematic sector, with the REA index at 35.4% signaling that, in the majority of Russian regions, the situation in this sector has deteriorated compared to last year,” the report remarks. The drop in wholesale turnover has also been noted by Rosstat, declining by 9% overall in Russia in the first quarter. This result is partially due to the decline in the amount of gas exported to Europe – roughly 10% year-on-year, according to Kirill Tremasov, director of the analysis department of Loco-Invest. Turkey has cut back the most, buying only 4.4 billion cubic meters of gas from Gazprom between January and March, the lowest since the start of the 2010s and only half as much as last year. Construction and paid services also remain in the red, the HSE observes: the REA index in these sectors (37.8% and 47.6% respectively) has also crossed the 50% threshold. For the former, this is caused by a decrease in investments, and for the latter, by consumer demand that has been hammered with tax hikes, observes economist Natalia Orlova from Alfa-Bank. April did not bring an improvement. The HSE’s composite anticipatory economic index moved from -1.3% to -2%, remaining negative for the sixth consecutive month. Although an economic recession in the coming months is not inevitable, it is clearly growing more likely, the report’s authors warn. Quarter-on-quarter, the economy is already in decline, Tremasov notes: In the first quarter, the seasonally adjusted GDP was around 1.6% less than in the previous quarter. “This is the hugest drop since the 2008-9 crisis,” the expert remarks. Even at the peak of the sanction war, when oil dropped below $40 per barrel, the economy did not experience such a sharp decline. The chief reason is the tax hike, which had both a direct effect (taking resources out of the economy that will only start to return several quarters later) and an indirect effect, increasing the costs for economic subjects and decreasing the inclination to invest, Tremasov explains.

UAWire – Kyiv: Russian Black Sea ports and Crimea suffer losses due to sanctions

The Black Sea ports of annexed Crimea and neighboring Russia suffered a loss of more than 760 million rubles (around $11.8 million) in 2018 due to sanctions, reports the Ukrainian Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons. “By comparison with other years, specifically 2015, 2016 and 2017, the annual revenue of the Black Sea Ports Administration was between 32 and 152 million rubles. In 2018, the Black Sea Ports Administration’s earnings were only 359.6 million rubles, but its expenses were 1.1 billion rubles. This means that, for the first time in the period between 2015 and 2018, the company became profitable, but its losses in 2018 were more than 760 million rubles,” the report states. The Ukrainian ministry believes that the port management company’s loss is the result of the complex sanction policy implemented by the EU, the US and Ukraine. The ports in Crimea (Yevpatoriya, Kerch, Sevastopol, Feodosia, Yalta) have been legally closed by order of the Ukrainian government since 2014. The Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs has repeatedly warned that it is a violation of international law for any ships flying foreign flags to enter the closed ports and terminals in Crimea, and that such actions “undermine the sovereignty of Ukraine”.

Victoria Nuland, US midwife to Maidan-2014, denied visa to Russia — RT World News

Former US diplomat Victoria Nuland, best known for distributing cookies to protesters during the US-backed 2014 Maidan coup in Ukraine, has suddenly found out she was on a visa blacklist as she sought to enter Russia.

How Russia’s disinformation strategy is evolving – To Inform is to Influence

Russian information warfare is not only surviving Western efforts to counter it, but it is growing and evolving.  </end editorial> May 23, 2019 Daniel Funke Russia: Divide and divide some more The New York Times last week published a striking piece about how the Russian news network RT has been airing story after story about…

Russia removed 2 million tonnes of tainted Druzhba oil using rail, sea, storage: sources – Reuters

Russia is using rail, storage tanks and ships to remove contaminated oil from an export pipeline, and has so far extracted around 2 million tonnes of the tainted oil – or over a third of volumes hit, industry sources and data showed.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Baltic Populations Divided Not Only along Ethnic Lines, New Study Says

Paul Goble Staunton, May 23 – Many assume that the most fundamental divide in all three Baltic countries is along ethnic lines, that all Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians feel more or less the same way on key issues and ethnic Russians in these three countries feel differently. That was never the case, even in the heady days of the recovery of independence; and it is less true now. That reality is highlighted in a new 88-page study prepared jointly by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the University of Latvia. Entitled Ideological Polarization in the Societies of the Baltic Countries, it focuses on the attachment of Baltic populations toward integration with the West (fsi.lu.lv/userfiles/file/2019_ideological_polarization_report.pdf). The study is based on more than 3,000 interviews in all three countries which focused on attitudes toward the West, immigrants, protectionism, relations with Russia and concerns about political problems in general. It found that the conflict between Western liberals and traditionalists had intensified over the last three years. Lithuania was the most uniform in that regard, while Estonia and Latvia, this sharpening has led to a significant split. But in Estonia, this divide has been manifested as a divide between liberals and nationalists; in Latvia, it is generally reflected in geopolitical attitudes about ties to the West or to Russia. The study reports that “Estonian ‘liberals’ form the most numerous group of opinions in the country – 51 percent – while ‘nationalists’ form 40 percent. The first are very cool toward Russia; the second very much disapproving. There is also a very small – eight percent – pro-Russian group.” “In Latvia, on the contrary, the camp of anti-Westerners is more numerous: 55 percent of the respondents were inclined toward pro-Russian views, while 44 percent were ‘nationalists’ and anti-Russian. The group of ‘liberals’ in Latvia formed only two percent,” according to the survey. Maria Kugel of Radio Svoboda spoke with two of the authors of the study, Inta Mierina and Martins Kaprans (svoboda.org/a/29954689.html). Mierina stressed that the study focused on ethnic groups but on attitudes toward Russia. “We considered as pro-Russian those who did not view Russia as a threat, supported a weakening of sanctions, and in the Ukrainian conflict saw Ukraine or both sides as the guilty party.” Those with the opposite views were classified as opposed to Russia. Importantly, she continued, those who fell into the pro-Russian camp on this basis did not condemn everything Western. Especially among young people, pro-Western and pro-Russian views existed in one and the same individual. Moreover, people on both sides of the divide shared many views. In Latvia, for example, both ethnic Latvian nationalists and ethnic Russians, there is a common negative attitude toward immigrants. When that is the issue, the two groups, however much they may disagree on other things, are very much on the same side. People in both Latvia and Lithuania are strongly affected by the idea that their countries are “failed states,” with some blaming the West and others Russia or native elites. This view is much less widely held in Estonia, a reflection of economic realities. But at the same time, Lithuanians and Estonians are optimistic about the West while Latvians are more skeptical. Kaprans, for his part, explained some of these differences in terms of the ethnic structure of the population, but only some of them. Where ethnic Russians watch more Russian television, they are more affected by its messages; but one should no overrate the impact of the media: “People are not automata and do not agree with everything they are told.” Instead, he suggested, many of their attitudes now have been inherited from their parents rather than produced by anything new. That is true of non-Russians as well. It thus remains true, he says, that “’European Russians’ form a very small fraction of the Russian-speaking communities in both Latvia and Estonia,” although even these are pragmatic and moderate most of the time. When the West offers them something of value such as jobs, they are pro-Western; when not, not. The problem is that such moderation could end overnight. Opposition to immigration or even to the idea of immigration is one of the factors that can shift attitudes in all three countries, he said. In Estonia, except for those who live in Narva or the most “Russian” neighborhoods of Tallinn are mostly liberals on this issue. But even in Estonia, anti-immigrant attitudes are growing, as the last election showed. Kaprans said he does not expect a sharp growth of extreme right views in Latvia. Latvians are more given to talking about state failure than taking hard and fast positions on the immigration issue. “But the problem of immigrants, if it intensifies, could mobilize a definite part of society, at least for a short time” and constitute a serious political problem.

‘I Saw The Executioner’: Preserving The Names Of Stalin’s Polish Victims

The Moscow-based rights group, Memorial, plans to publish a book naming more than 6,000 executed Polish prisoners buried in 1940 in the village of Mednoye, near the Russian city of Tver. The killings and those in Katyn Forest, near Smolensk, were part of a mass execution of nearly 22,000 Polish officers and prisoners ordered by Soviet leader Josef Stalin and carried out by his security agency, the NKVD.

Kurt Volker on Twitter: “Sec Perry, Amb Sondland, Senator Johnson, & I briefed @WhiteHouse on impressions from our trip to Ukraine for Pres Zelenskyy’s inauguration. There is an window of opportunity to advance shared 🇺🇸+🇺🇦 interests. Thanks @SecretaryPerry @USAmbEU & @SenRonJohnson for great trip.… https://t.co/dZj76336Zc”

Kurt Volker on Twitter: “U.S. cannot and will not negotiate away rights of Ukrainian people.  Only Ukrainians can decide their future, and they have made clear they want their sovereignty, their territory, and to be part of Euro-Atlantic structures.   They have full U.S. support.”

Ambassador Sondland on Twitter: “Congratulations @EU_Commission & @EUCouncil for the revised EU Gas Directive entering into force this week. Russia’s @GazpromEN must give up its ownership stake in #NordStream2 pipeline & reserve 50% of Nord Stream 2 capacity for alternative suppliers to comply w/ new EU rules.… https://t.co/ICxpDswXhE”

Ambassador Sondland on Twitter: “While in Kyiv for 🇺🇦 President @ZelenskyyUa’s inauguration, had great discussions with Baltic leaders about how the United States and Europe can work together to support a free, democratic and prosperous Ukraine.… https://t.co/w1FT9jnZlY”

U.S. envoy briefs Trump Administration on his visit to Ukraine – news politics | UNIAN

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has briefed the Donald Trump Administration on his recent visit to attend new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s swearing-in ceremony in Kyiv. Volker says there is a window of opportunity to advance bilateral interests.

U.S. Senate approves resolution with important signals for Ukraine’s support

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has reviewed and commended adoption of a resolution that supports democratic change by the full composition of the Upper House of Congress, the Ukrainian Embassy to the United States said. “Ukraine’s progress in establishing the rule of law, bringing the country closer to Euro-Atlantic norms and standards, strengthening the combat readiness of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and their compatibility with NATO criteria, as well as creating an autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine is welcomed; the continued commitment of the U.S. government to supporting the efforts of the Ukrainian government to introduce democratic and market reforms, restoration of the territorial integrity of the state, as well as the provision of additional lethal and non-lethal forms of assistance to strengthen the defense capability of Ukraine on land, at sea and in the air is confirmed; the importance of continuing reforms in Ukraine aimed at fighting corruption, building a strong and free economy, promoting democracy and the rule of law is noted; it calls for the Kremlin to immediately release the crew members of the Ukrainian Navy ships seized in the Kerch Strait as such, covered by the Geneva Conventions of 1949, and expresses support for all Ukrainian political prisoners held in the Russian Federation and territories under its control on the basis of trumped-up charges; the continuing destabilizing actions of the Russian Federation against Ukraine are condemned, the need to maintain a tough sanctions regime against Russia is stressed, and the Declaration of the U.S. State Department on non-recognition of the illegal attempts of the Russian Federation to annex the Ukrainian Crimea is confirmed; it emphasizes that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline poses a significant threat to Europe’s security, aimed at undermining Ukraine’s economic stability and increasing its vulnerability to further Russian military interventions,” the U.S. embassy said on Facebook. The resolution was submitted for consideration by the Upper House of the U.S. Congress by Co-Chairs of the Senate Ukrainian Caucus, Republican Senator Robert Portman and Democrat Richard Durbin. Its co-authors are more than two dozen senators from the Republican and Democratic parties.

U.S. Senate proposes US$300 mln for Ukraine’s security in 2020 – news politics | UNIAN

The United States Senate proposes that funding to be allocated for Ukraine’s security in 2020 be increased to US$300 million. Some US$100 million should be allocated for lethal weapons.

U.S. commits over US$1.1 bln since 2014 to help Ukraine defend itself – Embassy – news politics | UNIAN

The United States has committed over US$1.1 billion since 2014 to help Ukraine defend itself. The funds were spent on military training and equipment.

Zelenskiy, Merkel Discuss Conflict In Eastern Ukraine

Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by phone on May 24, discussing efforts to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine, both offices said.

Zelensky discusses steps on Donbas issue with Merkel, plans on phone call with Macron

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has held a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and plans to have a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron soon, a statement published on the Ukrainian presidential website on Friday said.

Merkel, Zelensky discuss Donbas by phone on Friday – news politics | UNIAN

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday held a telephone conversation with new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which both confirmed the need for the full implementation of the Minsk peace agreements. Zelensky’s administration announced an upcoming phone call with Macron.

Zelensky, Merkel agree on first steps to restore peace in Donbas

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky had a phone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. — Ukrinform.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to meet with IMF representatives next week — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky will hold a meeting with the mission of the International Monetary Fund in Kyiv. The meeting will take place next week, as planned.

NATO emblem installed in Kyiv downtown due to 70th anniversary of alliance

The official emblem of NATO (compass rose) was installed on the European Square instead of soccer ball Euro-2012 due to holding of the events dedicated to 70th anniversary of the alliance as 112.uareported citing Kyiv Mayor Advisor Dmytro Bilotserkovets. According to him, NATO Information and Documentation Center appealed to the city. On May 21, the organization along with Spilna Peremoga held the event dedicated to 70th anniversary of the establishment of NATO and it provided the themed decoration of the square and holding of the solemn events with the participation of the officials and public.

Crimea is Ukraine, end of discussion, – Head of Presidential Administration Bohdan

Crimea belongs to Ukraine, and this is not a matter of discussion. Andriy Bohdan, the Head of Presidential Administration of Ukraine said this on the air of 1+1 TV channel; he appeared in the Right For Power evening show May 23. ‘Crimea is Ukraine, end of discussion’, Bohdan said. He added that reporters should not even ask such questions because ‘that humiliates Ukrainians’. Previously, Bohdan called Russia the aggressor country and added that one needs to negotiate with this country to bring peace to the war-torn Donbas. He also said Viktor Medvedchuk, the head of political board of Opposition Platform – For Life party should not be representing Ukraine as the negotiating party in Ukraine-Russia talks to solve the Donbas conflict. ‘We don’t see him as a negotiator from our side. If Russia sees him as a negotiator from their side, that’s their choice’, Bohdan said.

Bohdan: If we succeed in reaching some kind of agreements with Russia with controversial issues, we should ask people’s opinion

Presidential Administration Head Andriy Bohdan has explained his position and proposal to ask citizens of the country what their opinion is on some or other controversial issues in reaching possible agreements on ending the war in Donbas. “If there are controversial issues in these possible agreements, then it is better to ask the population if it supports [the agreements]. But there are no such agreements today, unfortunately, and a there is a long road ahead,” Bohdan said during the Pravo na Vladu talk show aired by the 1+1 television channel. Bohdan said in reaching some or other agreements there can be no talk about violating the Constitution of Ukraine or giving up territory or abandoning people who live there. “But it is possible that some kind of compromises about the procedure for movement [between Ukraine and Russia-occupied areas of Ukraine] and voting could be reached. I am a very patriotic person and not a proponent of creating ‘independent territories’ and non-Ukrainian areas of movement,” he said. According to Bohdan, no one can decide the fate of the entire society without asking the opinion of people first. “In civilized countries, surveys are conducted on some or the other controversial issues. This is normal, and we are moving towards Europe, but it’s not bad to ask your citizens, ordinary Ukrainians, what they like and what they want. This can be done in many ways: sociological surveys and polls, other ways which are proscribed by laws,” he said. Bohdan said he believes that in the history of Ukraine decisions were taken on numerous occasions that split society. “Our election campaign proved that politicians do not think like people. Politicians are closed in their social circle, and their thoughts reflect only their views, and Ukrainians often think differently,” he said. Bohdan noted that today the there is no law for conducting a referendum, adding that one should be adopted. As reported, on May 21, Bohdan, said that the Zelensky team was considering the possibility of bringing the issue of concluding agreements with Russia on peace on the war in Donbas to a nationwide referendum. “We are considering putting the issue of reaching peace agreements with Russia for a popular referendum so that not only [parliament] deputies vote and the president makes a decision, but the people make a decision, and the society gives an assessment,” he said then. The statement sparked a discussion among politicians, experts and citizens in social networks. On May 23, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said holding a referendum on concluding peace agreements with Russia has no legal force, but is a way to find out the opinion of society. “We need to hear every person. This is not a legislative referendum, but an informational one: citizens, what do you think? This is a normal conversation with people,” Zelensky said during a meeting with public activists in the presidential administration on Thursday. Participants of the meeting, including volunteers and military veterans, agreed that it would be expedient to use the word “poll” and not “referendum.”

Zelenskyy wants to learn what Ukrainians think about talks with Russia – LB.ua news portal

Zelenskyy wants to learn what Ukrainians think about talks with Russia. “This is not a legislative referendum… This is a normal conversation with people.” Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

German deputies visited occupied Crimea in April – Bild. PHOTO

Three deputies from the far-right Alternative for Germany party visited Russian-occupied Crimea in April, using their diplomatic passports Censor.NET retorts citing Bild. “Deputies from AfD used their diplomatic passports to enter Russia without a visa and then fly from Moscow to Putin-annexed Crimea,” the newspaper wrote. Earlier, parliamentarians said that they went to the annexed peninsula “in private.” Source: https://censor.net.ua/en/p3128658

11 attacks by Russian proxies yesterday: one Ukrainian soldier wounded, two terrorists destroyed

24.05.19 10:27 – 11 attacks by Russian proxies yesterday: one Ukrainian soldier wounded, two terrorists destroyed May 23, the Russian occupying forces attacked JFO positions 11 times, using Minsk-proscribed weapons once. View news.

Azov liquidated the headquarters of militants near Novolugansky

The battalion-tactical group of a special detachment of special purpose “Azov” of the National Guard of Ukraine liquidated the enemy’s headquarters at the Svitlodarsky arc This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal The militants used the building of the former recreation center “Uyut” for the location of one of its positions Elimination video has been published by the unit’s press service on the Youtube page: There is no information about enemy losses The “Azov” fighters again struck at the occupants. This time under the fire of Azov’s armament was the headquarters of terrorists. Eye shots – and the main code of the enemy is destroyed. “Azov”: we continue to fight the terrorists !, – reads the press service of “Azov”

Khomchak says leaders of Ukrainian Armed Forces did not commission survey among soldiers about talks with ‘LPR’/’DPR’

Chief of the General Staff and Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine’s Armed Forces Ruslan Khomchak has said Ukraine’s senior officers did not commission any tasks related to organizing a sociological survey about attitudes of Ukrainian soldiers to peace talks in the “Luhansk People’s Republic” and “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“LPR”/”DPR”). “On May 23, 2019, information about a so-called survey of the military about their attitude to possible negotiations with “DPR” and “LPR” Russia-occupation forces was disseminated on Internet social networks. …The Armed Forces of Ukraine and personally I did not receive any instructions to conduct research on the attitude of Ukraine’s Armed Forces soldiers on possible negotiations… This question does not fall within the competence of the Armed Forces,” Khomchak said on Facebook on Thursday. Khomchak added that on May 17, 2019 at a meeting of top Ukraine’s Armed Forces officers, the Chief of the General Staff set the task of analyzing data from existing sociological research about the support of Ukrainian citizens for negotiating with Russia-occupation forces in eastern Ukraine.

New chief of Ukraine’s General Staff against talks with self-proclaimed republics in Donbas – news war | UNIAN

Newly appointed chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Khomchak says he is against holding talks with self-proclaimed republics in Russia-occupied Donbas. Answering a question of how he views the possibility of talks with fighters of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) and “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”), Khomchak said: “I am against any talks, I am a military man.” Read alsoPresident Zelensky appoints new chief of Ukrainian army’s general staff “I am Chief of the General Staff – my functions are completely different, I am not a negotiator,” he told in an interview for UNIAN, TSN and TSN Tyzhden. “Let the negotiators answer – this is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, others, i.e. those structures that should conduct talks. I can manage, prepare the Ukrainian Armed Forces for all possible threats, for an adequate response, and with minimal losses,” he added. As UNIAN reported earlier, new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on May 21, 2019, appointed Khomchak as Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces instead of Viktor Muzhenko. Lieutenant-General of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Khomchak was born in June 1967. Prior to his appointment, he had been Chief of Staff of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine since 2016. Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/war/10562193-new-chief-of-ukraine-s-general-staff-against-talks-with-self-proclaimed-republics-in-donbas.html

JFO commander calls on OSCE to strengthen its mission in occupied Donbas

Ukrainian Joint Forces Commander Oleksandr Syrsky has briefed representatives of OSCE participating states on the operational situation in the area of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) and called on the OSCE to strengthen the activity of the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, the press service of the JFO headquarters has reported. — Ukrinform.

Yelchenko at UN: Shelling of Donetsk filtration station may lead to accident of a scale similar to Chornobyl disaster

Russia is violating massively international humanitarian law in Donbas, resulting in deaths of civilians and posing unprecedented environmental risks to the region, including radiation and chemical pollution. — Ukrinform.

After Two Years, Journalist Aseyev Remains Captive In Donbas

In the spring of 2017, RFE/RL contributor Stanislav Aseyev was allegedly abducted by Russia-backed separatists while reporting from the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. Two years later, he is still being held. His only opportunity to communicate with the outside world was when he appeared in handcuffs on Russian state-run TV and said he had been accused of espionage.

60 Ukrainian convicts passed to Ukraine-controlled territory in Luhansk region. PHOTOS

Over the past six months the militants of the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic” passed 255 convicted to Ukraine. Censor.NET reports citing Ukraine’s Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denysova post on Facebook. “I am on Shchastya bridge. I took 60 Ukrainians who were in the penitentiary bodies of Luhansk region and at the moment of occupation of Donbas were detained or were serving the sentence for committed crimes,” she said. According to Denysova, over the past six months the militants of the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic” passed 255 convicted to Ukraine. Over the past five years, Ukraine managed to transfer 454 convicted from the occupied Donbas. Source: https://censor.net.ua/en/p3128705

Head of Zelenskyi administration Bohdan: Medvedchuk cannot represent Ukraine in Donbas negotiations

24.05.19 11:38 – Head of Zelenskyi administration Bohdan: Medvedchuk cannot represent Ukraine in Donbas negotiations Viktor Medvedchuk, the head of political board of Opposition Platform – For Life party should not be representing Ukraine as the negotiating party in Ukraine-Russia talks to solve the Donbas conflict. View news.

Medvedchuk won’t represent Ukraine in negotiations with Russia – Presidential Administration head

Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Andriy Bohdan does not consider the pro-Russian politician, chairman of the political council of the Opposition Platform – For Life Party Viktor Medvedchuk as a possible assistant in establishing contacts with Russia.

Colonel-General Zamana released, court rules

On May 24, Kyiv Court of Appeal released Colonel-General Volodymyr Zamana, as Zamana himself reported on Facebook. “Colonel-General Volodymyr Zamana is released, the Court of Appeal has just canceled the decision of Pechersky court and released the General,” the message on his page reads. Earlier it was reported that Kyiv Pechersky District Court arrested the former Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Volodymyr Zamana suspected of state treason without a right for bail till March 27, 2019. Volodymyr Zamana became the head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in February 2012 and held this post till February 19, 2014. Then, on February 22, 2014, Zamana was appointed as the Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada to control the activity of the Defence Ministry of Ukraine, where he worked till June 2014.

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“Vilkha-M” and “Vilkha-R” from “Ukroboronprom” successfully tested in the Odessa region

The Vilkha-M and Vilkha-R MLRS systems, developed in close cooperation with the Ukroboronprom high-precision weapon and ammunition cluster, successfully passed the test at one of the Odessa Oblast military training ground. During a series of launches, the tactical and technical characteristics of the missiles, guidance systems and the capabilities of the modernized “Vilkha” were tested for destruction in the least time after the task was received for defeat. “Ukroboronprom’s enterprises are already completing the main stages of the tests of the Vilkha-M and Vilkha-R reactive systems, which are upgrades of the” Vilkha “, which is already in serial production. Modernization is aimed at increasing the range of flight, increasing the accuracy, use new design solutions and materials that raises the overall performance of this precision guided weapon “, – said the General Director of the Concern Pavlo Bukin during the tests. “The tests were successful and we are preparing to hold a state trial from August to October and put them on the arming of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which is an effective weapon, which today is very much needed for us,” said the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak on the results of the firing . Thus, the Ukrainian army can soon get upgraded versions of new high-precision weapons, which will ensure the destruction of the enemy at a range of 130 km in the first shot. In addition, in the framework of these tests, it is planned to conduct fire tests of the missile complex “Neptune” with a cruise missile R-360 capable of destroying targets at distances of 300 km. During the launch, the test of the self-homing head of the cruise missile will be completed in conditions of complex maneuvering when the missile is pushed to the target. Creation of Alychi and Neptune in the shortest possible time was made possible due to the high professionalism of specialists of many enterprises of Ukroboronprom, in particular, the LUK DKBB, ARTHK ARTEM and the Zhulian Machine-Building Plant VIZAR.

“Vilkha-M” and “Vilkha-R” from “Ukroboronprom” successfully tested in the Odessa region – YouTube

State Concern “Ukroboronprom” Published on May 24, 2019 The Vilkha-M and Vilkha-R reactive systems, developed in close cooperation with the Ukroboronprom high-precision weapon and ammunition cluster, successfully passed the test at one of the Odessa Oblast military training ground. During a series of launches, the tactical and technical characteristics of the missiles, guidance systems and the capabilities of the modernized “Vilkha” were tested for destruction in the least time after the task was received for defeat.

 

“Neptune”: the next stage of factory tests took place

Today in Odesa region at the Alibey military training ground there was a regular stage of factory tests of LCD-360 “Neptun” This is reported by the Ukrainian Military Portal During launch, a number of new systems were tested on the rocket R-360 to the complex. In particular, the missile received a new starter engine, because, as previously known, it was used from an anti-aircraft rocket complex С-125. Also in the rocket they were replaced by new ones: • altimeter • gyroscope • navigation system All these devices are designed to make the rocket more secure to the obstacles that can be used by the enemy to suppress and make the impression impossible. A fragment of the video from today’s launch on Sergei Zhorkur’s video from 2:04 to 2:09:

Sergey Zguretz | Personal impressions and details of the improvement of the coastal anti-ship missile system “Neptune” | HD Video

733 views · 49 minutes ago · Missile Neptune. May 2019. Test. Variations on the topic Personal impressions and details of the improvement of the coastal anti-ship missile system “Neptune”.

RK-360MTs “Neptun”: system composition and specifications

Today, on May 24, another stage of the test of the RK-360MTs “Neptune” will take place and I would like to tell and remind you what it is and what it is. Mobile Missile Complex Neptune Photo by Yuriy Biryukov The RK-360MTs – a cruise missile complex of ground-based anti-ship missile missiles designed to defeat class warships cruiser, destroyer, frigate, corvette, landing, tanker ships and transports acting both independently and in the composition of ship’s groups and landing units, and Coastal radio-contrasts, in simple and complex meteorological conditions at any time of day and year, with active fire and radio electron counteraction of the enemy.

Air Force Peru is interested in involving Ukraine in modernization of military aircraft and helicopters

The Air Force of the Republic of Peru is interested in using the potential and experience of Ukraine to repair and modernize its own transport and combat aircraft, which are in the armed forces of the country. This was emphasized during the talks of the representatives of the State Enterprise State Enterprise “Ukrinmash”, which is part of the State Enterprise “Ukroboronprom”, with the high command of the Air Force of Peru. The meeting was held at the Ukrainian stand in the framework of the 7th International Defense Technologies, Arms and Disaster Prevention Exhibition “SITDEF 2019”, held May 16-19, 2019 in the capital of the Republic of Peru – Lima. During the talks, the Peruvian side expressed its readiness for strategic cooperation with Ukrainian companies. It was noted that Ukrainian enterprises are historically involved in the development, modernization and operation of aircraft engineering in the Republic of Peru. The Peruvian side noted that it considers Ukraine one of the successors of developments, intellectual rights and technologies created in the aviation sphere in the time of the USSR. And so, Ukraine has the full right to repair and modernize aircraft equipment, which is located on the Army Air Force Republic of Peru. Of particular interest to the Air Force representatives in Peru is the experience of the Ukrainian aircraft industry, gained in the fight against Russian aggression, in particular with regard to the modernization of combat and transport aircraft. Taking into account the proximity of technical and combat characteristics of equipment on the territory of Peru and Ukraine, the parties have determined that the involvement of Ukroboronprom in improving the park of Peruvian airplanes is an economically and technically grounded proposal. It was also about involving Ukraine in the process of ensuring the operational suitability of Peru’s helicopter fleet. Particularly, representatives of Peru noted the achievements of Ukraine in the development, production and use of unmanned aerial vehicles in combat situations. The command of the air force of the country stressed that for 30 years the use of aircraft “An” has proved their maximum adaptability to the highlands, as well as tropical and desert climate. It was expressed a desire to continue to exploit them, and, as a result, an interest was expressed in extending their resource and modernizing with the participation of Concern’s enterprises, in particular, the State Enterprise “Ukrinmash”, State Enterprise “Antonov” and State Enterprise “Plant 410 CA”. uroboronprom

Parliament to keep working next week despite dissolution order

24.05.19 14:47 – Parliament to keep working next week despite dissolution order The Verkhovna Rada will continue to process bills on the plenary week, which starts on May 28, despite Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi having ordered its dissolution. View news.

Election body says pressed for time to print, deliver ballots – LB.ua news portal

Election body says pressed for time to print, deliver ballots. The parliamentary election campaign starts on 24 May. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Parliament dissolution decree challenged in court – LB.ua news portal

Parliament dissolution decree challenged in court. The case was registered with the Supreme Court of Ukraine. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Two claims against Zelensky’s parliament dissolution order lodged with Ukraine’s Supreme Court – news politics | UNIAN

Two claims appealing against Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s order to dissolve Ukraine’s parliament have been lodged with Ukraine’s Supreme Court. Both claims were filed by individuals.

Bohdan calls petition for Zelenskyi’s resignation ‘funny joke’

24.05.19 10:42 – Bohdan calls petition for Zelenskyi’s resignation ‘funny joke’ Head of Ukraine’s Presidential Administration Andrii Bohdan has described as “a funny joke” a petition for the resignation of the head of state, Volodymyr Zelenskyi. View news.

Anti-Zelensky petition gathers required number of signatures within first day – news politics | UNIAN

An electronic petition pressing for the resignation of newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky gathered the necessary 25,000 signatures with the first day within 92 days given. The status of the petition now is “pending consideration.”

Zelensky cancels decree on Artemenko’s dismissal

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has canceled the decrees dismissing Yuriy Artemenko as a member of the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting and appointing Volodymyr Horkovenko as a member of the council. — Ukrinform.

Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc changes name to ‘European Solidarity’

24.05.19 16:40 – Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc changes name to ‘European Solidarity’ The rebranded political force ran by former President is to hold the convention in Kyiv on May 31. View news.

Poroshenko, his party call congress for May 31 pending snap parliamentary elections (Video) – news politics | UNIAN

Former President Petro Poroshenko has announced that his party, the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko “Solidarity,” will hold a congress on May 31. Poroshenko says his party is going to run for the parliament.

Poroshenko decries ‘political persecution,’ calls it sign of election campaign start

Ex-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said a number of investigations launched after his term ended testifies to the start of the parliamentary election campaign. He did not rule out that he would be a target in new criminal proceedings. “I assess these political persecutions as follows: first, this is a sign of the start of the parliamentary election campaign. Secondly, I watch very closely those accusations that come not from my enemies, but from the enemies of Ukraine. If a complaint is filed to investigate authorities that Ukrainian warships, which went to defend the Azov coast of Mariupol as part of a routine rotation, was a provocation against Russia and an attempt to shift responsibility from Russia, the aggressor country. …Now the fifth column is attempting to assign blame to Ukrainian officials,” Poroshenko said in Kyiv on Wednesday. Poroshenko said he is ready to respond to any and all charges, adding, “We will not allow this to be done.”

Ukraine’s PrivatBank Sues Billionaire Kolomoyskiy In U.S. Court

PrivatBank filed the lawsuit against Ihor Kolomoyskiy and Hennadiy Boholyubov, one day after Ukraine’s newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, was sworn into office.

Danyliuk’s choice of court in London for dispute with PrivatBank ex-owners disrupts opening of criminal cases – Lutsenko

Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko in 2017-2018 intended to open criminal cases on five credit lines of PrivatBank, but could not do this because of the decision of ex-Finance Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk to begin proceeds in the High Court of Justice of England and Wales.

PrivatBank launches legal action against former owners in USA – LB.ua news portal

PrivatBank launches legal action against former owners in USA. The case will be heard in Delaware. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Kolomoisky offers amicable agreement for PrivatBank in exchange to around 25% of shares in bank

Ukrainian businessman Ihor Kolomoisky has proposed to sign an amicable agreement for PrivatBank (Kyiv) in exchange of around 25% of shares in the bank.

NBU appeals against court rulings about illegality of PrivatBank’s nationalization

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has appealed against both rulings of Kyiv’s District Administrative Court regarding the illegality of the nationalization of PrivatBank, the NBU’s press service has reported. — Ukrinform.

World Bank: Ukraine not ready to launch new electricity market on July 1 – news economics | UNIAN

World Bank Director for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova Satu Kahkonen says Ukraine will not be ready to launch a new electricity market on July 1, 2019. Kahkonen says more time is needed to get the right conditions in place for the market to function properly.

Ukraine-China Center for Innovation opens in Kyiv

The Ukraine-China Center for Engineering Innovations opened at the National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.” The center will conduct artificial intelligence researches. — Ukrinform.

Medieval Warriors Storm Ukrainian Battlefield

More than 1,000 men and women from dozens of countries took part in a world championship in medieval-style combat in Ukraine, beating their armored opponents with blunt swords and battleaxes.

Ukrainian Church Leaders Meet Amid Power Struggle

Top figures in Ukraine’s new Orthodox Church are meeting in a synod amid an apparent power struggle between Patriarch Filaret, an early vocal supporter of the independent Ukrainian church, and the …

Patriarch Filaret refuses to support Epiphanius at Synod

Filaret, the honorary Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, did not want to support the Metropolitan Epiphanius of Kyiv and All Ukraine, as Epiphanius told the journalists after the Council of Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Pravda reported. According to the Metropolitan, all the rest of Synod participants unanimously voted in favor of support (the only one who did not vote for that was Filaret). Related: Holy wars: Head of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate Filaret vs. Constantinople “The honorary Patriarch Filaret showed that the thing he revealed, he showed it at Synod meeting, – Kyiv Patriarchate exists, though all of us tried to prove that de jure and de facto there is no Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate,” Epiphanius said. “We discussed a lot, we talked, convinced, but the honorary Patriarch Filaret, unfortunately, does not change his opinion,” he added. It became known, that there were misunderstandings between the Honorable Patriarch Filaret and Metropolitan Epiphany. In particular, Filaret seemed to want to restore the structure of the liquidated Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate and his influence on the church, while the circle of Metropolitan Epiphany is inclined to support the “Greek system” of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, proposed by Fanar.

Russian court upholds guilty verdict for Jehovah’s Witness | Fox News

A court in Russia has ruled that a Danish Jehovah’s Witness must stay in prison for the next six years.

Jehovah’s Witness loses appeal against six-year jail term in Russia for ‘extremism’  | Daily Mail Online

In the first such conviction since Russia outlawed the religious movement in 2017, 46-year-old Dane Dennis Christensen’s sentence was upheld at the court in Oryol after he was jailed in February.

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